create social and economic value through applying Circular Economy approaches

Business Opportunities
in the Circular Economy​

Why attend?

Discover Business Opportunities in the Circular Economy

A one-day event for innovative businesses to collaborate. This will include practical workshops and local case studies that will help you start thinking about the future, how to save money and create new markets by designing-out waste.

The Circular Economy is a $210 billion opportunity for Australia alone, and one that can help businesses future-proof their operations, reduce spend on energy and waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions and more.

This July, the independent business leaders’ network NEL (Northern Economic Leaders) will bring together leading experts from government and industry in a unique forum. The objective is to help businesses to create social and economic value through applying Circular Economy approaches. Designed by business for business, the forum will feature:


  • A program of expert speakers to present the latest in Circular Economy concepts and applications.
  • An executive breakfast with keynote speakers.
  • Peer-to-peer learning, with businesses and experts working on each other’s challenges.
  • Networking opportunities in the beautiful Salisbury Community Hub over catered breaks.
  • Tangible examples of the Circular Economy in action through business case studies.
  • Launch of a catalogue of businesses providing Circular products and services.
  • An exhibition area for promoting products and services.

And that’s just the beginning. NEL is planning an ongoing series of training, workshops and site visits around the transition towards a Circular Economy throughout FY2022-23.

About the Circular Economy

A Circular Economy decouples economic activity from the consumption of finite resources. It is based on three principles, driven by design:
  • Eliminate waste and pollution
  • Circulate products and materials (at their highest value)
  • Regenerate nature
The Circular Economy is underpinned by a transition to renewable energy and materials. It is a resilient system that is good for business, people and the environment.
Circular Economy approaches are being adopted by businesses and governments around the world as a way to align both economic and environmental outcomes.
Waste and other negative environmental impacts are ‘designed out’ of economic systems, through buying better, providing more products as services, and capturing the value of materials that would otherwise be lost.

About the Northern Economic Leaders

Northern Economic Leaders (NEL) is an apolitical business leaders’ network that supports growth in northern Adelaide both socially and economically.


NEL provides a forum for leaders to share their collective knowledge, influence government policy and bring together firms to make northern Adelaide the best place in South Australia to run a business.


Operating as a group since 2007 this group has now formalised its operations to be an incorporated association (11 April 2017) operating regionally across northern Adelaide.


This follows strong interest in having stronger business leadership in northern Adelaide and with the development of the Northern Economic Plan and a cross-government focus on northern Adelaide, there was a strong push from business to formalise.

Get to know
the speakers

Learn from the best in the field

Hon Susan Close MP

Deputy Premier

Susan Close is the State Member for Port Adelaide and was elected on the 11th of February 2012. Susan has lived on the LeFevre Peninsula for twenty years with Declan and their two children and is passionate about representing the people in her community.


Before entering Parliament, Susan was an executive in the SA Environment Department.  She previously worked at the University of Adelaide running student services and holds a PhD from Flinders University. Susan held several portfolios during the Weatherill Labor Government, including being Minister for Education and Minister for Innovation and Automotive Transformation.


Ministerial Appointments
Minister for Climate, Environment and Water
Minister for Defence and Space Industries
Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
Member of the Executive Council

Professor Ian Overton

Chief Executive
Green Industries SA

Ian has over 30 years’ experience in business, research, academia and government, including 17 years with the CSIRO.


He has a passion for sustainability and enhancing environmental, social and economic outcomes through strategy and implementation of the Circular Economy.


Ian has a science background in environmental and water resource management with an Honours Degree and a PhD.


He also has a business background in entrepreneurship and innovation with a Graduate Certificate in Management, a Diploma in Company Directorship and an MBA.


Ian is also an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Global Food and Resources.

Jodie Bricout

Circular Economy Leader

Jodie is international design, engineering and advisory company Aurecon’s Circular Economy Leader. She has a profound knowledge and experience working with partners ranging from leading corporates, emerging innovators to governments and academics in the Circular Economy field across Australia, Dubai and Europe.


As one of Australia’s leading Circular Economy experts, Jodie has trained hundreds of professionals in Circular Economy approaches and worked with governments and businesses big and small to develop Circular Economy projects and strategies.

Before joining Aurecon, Jodie was Circular Economy Manager at Lifecycles for six years, and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide. Prior to that, Jodie worked in multiple senior roles in the area of the Circular Economy, including spending 13 years in France helping businesses with Circular Economy transitions and contributing to policy making at State, Federal and European levels.

Franz Knoll

Managing Director
Barossa Fine Foods

Franz Knoll has 50 years of experience in business, founded Barossa Fine Foods in 1991 with his wife Barbara, a family business respected as an industry leader.


Franz with his commitment to excellence has been recognised with state and national awards, such as SA Food Industry Leaders Bickford’s Award 2012, Honorary Master Butcher Award 2016 and Telstra Medium Business Award 2016.


Through his unique involvement across local government, business, community, and industry associations, Franz has a strategic perspective that can explain the circular economy and how it links across all areas of the economy. 


From supply chain optimisation, process savings, creating value from waste and opportunities that the evolution to a more sustainable future can present to businesses. Franz will show that the Circular Economy is the practical approach to mitigating climate change.

Genevieve Cother

Business Development Manager
The Action Learning Institute

Genevieve is the Business Development Manager for The Action Learning Institute (ALI), a private research and training organisation and Ed-Tech StartUp. ALI is a global leader in education transformation; it is the first education institution in the world to deliver nationally recognised qualifications, entirely through action learning.


An industrial designer, with a Master’s degree in Sustainable Design from the University of South Australia, Genevieve has been instrumental in establishing Business Action Learning Tasmania (BALT) Ltd, an industry-based action learning cluster centred around the Tamar Valley region in Tasmania. Between 2018-2020, Genevieve designed and facilitated the BALT Business Resource Efficiency Program (BREP), an action learning program delivered by BALT in partnership with the Tasmanian government, to assist small and medium-sized businesses, to reduce their emissions and costs, and understand the barriers and drivers for participation in the Circular Economy.


Genevieve will facilitate small group discussion, in the form of a ‘superfast sample set meeting’. to investigate an opportunity identified throughout the day. Participants will benefit from the ‘fresh eyes’ of outsiders, objective questioning, and the collective knowledge of the group. By the end of the session, participants will commit to a first action toward transitioning their business for the Circular Economy.

Dr Steven Lapidge

Chief Executive Officer
Fight Food Waste Ltd

Dr Steven Lapidge is the inaugural CEO of the Fight Food Waste Ltd, which incorporates the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and Stop Food Waste Australia. He has spent most of his 20-year career working for or with agricultural and environmental CRC’s, with a strong focus on new product development, commercialisation, extension and adoption.


Steven led the development of the Fight Food Waste CRC bid when working for the South Australian Research & Development Institute, a division of Primary Industries & Regions South Australia. In recent years he has represented Australia at G20, OECD, FAO, APEC and other international food waste forums.


He is a member of the G20 Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) Food Loss/Waste Working Group, the National Food Waste Strategy Feasibility Study Project Advisory Group and a Professional Member and former Non-Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology.


Steven’s qualifications include a PhD (Sydney Uni) and an MBA (Uni SA). He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, European Summer School for Advanced Management (Aarhus Uni, Denmark), Golden Key International Honour Society, and a Fulbright Professional Business/Industry Fellow.

Dr Jayant Keskar

Founding Director and CEO Enpro Envirotech Pty Ltd, Australia

Dr. Jayant offers about 30 years of experience in sustainable environment management with emphasis on research and development, innovation, project development and implementation.


He has worked on different innovative technologies for water, wastewater, waste and renewable energy. He has an up-to-date knowledge of advanced technologies in environmental field and always integrate different solutions to provide maximum benefits to the end users.


Such integration of different technological solutions and services help to achieve circular economy, resource recovery as well as sustainability while reducing the overall carbon footprint.

Michelle English

General Manager City Development City of Salisbury

Michelle is a progressive executive leader with significant experience leading high performing teams that deliver innovative outcome focussed strategy, policy and programs.


Her 27 years’ experience spans a broad range of specialist areas including climate change, sustainability, urban and regional planning, economic development, social planning and reconciliation. She has worked in State and local government as well as private practice.


Over the last 10 years she has embraced working across national and international jurisdictions to collaborate on climate change and social policy and programs through the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, Capital City Council of Lord Mayors, Environment Ministers’ Adaptation Working Group and the Climate Group’s States and Regions Alliance.


Michelle is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Planning Institute of Australia, and holds a Master of Sustainability and a Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources Management from the University of Adelaide, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Planning from the University of South Australia.

Other Speakers/Moderators

  • Mayor Gillian Aldridge – City of Salisbury
  • Mayor Glenn Docherty – City of Playford
  • Ken Long – South Australian Sustainability Lead, Built Environments, Mott MacDonald & Chairperson, Adelaide Sustainable Building Network
  • Claire Kneller – Executive Director, WRAP Asia Pacific & Head of Voluntary Commitment, Stop Food Waste Australia
  • Jonathon Middis – Innovation Manager, Fight Food Waste CRC
  • Deborah Davidson – Director, DSquared Consulting
  • Brad Carruthers – Area Manager, Water Light Division SA/NT, Ecolab
  • David Jones – Maintenance Engineer, Barossa Fine Foods
  • Jeff Robinson – Global Sustainable Design Expertise Leader, Aurecon
  • Scott Morton – Director, Biobag World Australia
  • Tiana Nairne – Group Manager Policy, LMS Energy
  • Nick Roach – Associate Principal ARUP
  • Deborah Aukland – Senior Adviser, Department for Education, South Australia

  • Laurie Kozlovic – Managing Director, Woolworths 360

  • Andrew Weller – CEO, Glaciem Cooling

What you
will get

We have created one day of amazing workshops, insights, and opportunities for collaboration/networking with other leading stakeholders.


Get your tickets now and join our growing Circular Economy business community.

& Lunch

Partner with us

We are excited to offer sponsorship opportunities to help market your company to a relevant high-level market and present your brand to key players in a variety of industries.

Become a sponsor to:

  • Align your organisation’s brand with Circular Economy leaders
  • Support sustainable economic growth in northern Adelaide and beyond
  • Promote a positive brand and increases brand awareness
  • Engage a niche market with a captive audience

The Exhibition Showcase

The exhibition allows participants to inspire future recycling and waste leaders to learn about business potential and discuss the steps required to get there.

Showcase your circular economy product or service:

  • Capture leads and build a database
  • Meet and connect with potential prospects
  • Promote and feature your brand to a focused audience
  • Raise your profiles and generate brand awareness
  • Speak directly to target market
  • Introduce new products/services

Send us your details to become a Partner and/or an Exhibitor

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be part of the GREEN future

Register for the forum and become part of the Circular Economy community.

Breakfast - $50
*Workshops (Includes Lunch) - $150

*NEL Members & SME’s (less than 200 employees)  –  $90 for Workshop’s attendance

The place

Salisbury Community Hub Adelaide South Australia

34 Church Street, Salisbury South SA 5018

The Circular Economy is for everyone.

Buy your tickets today and connect.

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